Kendall P. Brooks was born on July 4, 1876 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He earned an A.B. from Alma and a M.A. from the University of Michigan, in mathematics and physics. Brooks later did graduate studies work in Berlin, Goetingen, Chicago, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
In 1910, Brooks moved to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to teach at Central State Teachers College, now Central Michigan University (CMU), where he taught until 1947. Eventually Professor Brooks became the Head of the departments of Physics and Mathematics. In 1938 he was named Director of Graduate Studies at CMU. On September 1, 1964 the then new CMU science building was named in Prof. Brook’s honor.
On August 29, 1899 Brooks married Gratia Dunning. Together, they had two daughters, Gratia and Elizabeth, both of whom preceded him in death.
Professor Brooks died on December 27, 1964 as the result of a car accident in Mount Pleasant. (This information is from his obituary, December 28, 1964, a copy of which is in the collection.)